Kyoto

Travel Guide
Heian Shrine showing a temple or place of worship, religious aspects and heritage architecture

Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, feed wild monkeys and explore World Heritage-listed temples and shrines in this historically rich Japanese city.

Kyoto, on the Japanese island of Honshu, has been a hub of religious activity and political power since the eighth century. It was once the capital of Japan and retains many of the temples and palaces built within this period. Step back in time to imperial Japan as you explore the city’s many World Heritage Sites such as the Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto is also renowned for its landscaped gardens, many of which are based on designs dating back hundreds of years.

The wealth of cultural history in Kyoto can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Take the Philosopher’s Walk to orient yourself around some of Kyoto’s historic sights, such as the Eikando Temple. The walk takes in three major temples as well as several smaller temples and shrines, boutique shopping areas and restaurants where you can sample the traditional Japanese multicourse dinner, kaiseki. Cherry blossoms line the walk during spring, and in the fall, the area comes alive with the brilliant reds of maple trees.

Central Kyoto offers a combination of modern and traditional delights. Ride up the Kyoto Tower for a 360-degree view over the city from 330 feet (100 meters) up. Explore the Nishiki Market, lined with restaurants, and fresh produce and street food stalls. See giant salamanders and local river fish at the Kyoto Aquarium.

At one of the regular festivals held in the city, taste some of the food brought to Kyoto from all over Japan to please the Emperor, watch traditional crafts being made, take a lesson in saké brewing and experience the culture of Japan.

Lovers of Japanese literature will enjoy the 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa, built to resemble the fictional setting of the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji.

Tourism is a large part of Kyoto’s economy and there are some unique attractions such as hand feeding wild snow monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. Kyoto has a welcoming atmosphere, incredible natural beauty and layered history.

Where to stay in Kyoto

HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
3 out of 5
661 Ogiya-cho, Sakaimachi-dori, Oshikoji-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-0824
The price is ¥4,418 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 22
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (178 reviews)
"三条の繁華街から道を挟んで逆側なので、静かに快適に過ごすことができました。"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8237
The price is ¥8,847 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 9
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 6 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,865 reviews)
"The buffet dining was wonderful, great variety and selection of food and beverages"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
4 out of 5
74 Nakajimacho,Kawaramachi Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-8004
The price is ¥6,198 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (944 reviews)
Great hotel! Would stay here again!
"As expected from a hotel in Japan, spick and span, super clean. Beautiful bathroom, sheets, the works. Loved it. Would stay here again. Friendly staff, no problems whatsoever."

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2022

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
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Villa Front Kyoto Seimei
Villa Front Kyoto Seimei
2.5 out of 5
816-2 Seimeicho, Kyoto, Kyoto, 602-8222
The price is ¥9,091 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this apartment in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our reviews. ...
3.8/5 Good! (29 reviews)
"Modern and clean, the rooms are nicely laid out and come with easy to read instructions. Although a little on the smaller size, the rooms are cozy. While there were no laundry facilities available in our room, a laundromat was nearby."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

Villa Front Kyoto Seimei
Mimaru Kyoto Station
Mimaru Kyoto Station
2.5 out of 5
15-1, Higashikujyo Higashisannocho, Kyoto, Kyoto, 601-8004
The price is ¥24,487 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this aparthotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (65 reviews)
"Next to kyoto station. Very convenient."

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

Mimaru Kyoto Station
nol kyoto sanjo
nol kyoto sanjo
3 out of 5
700, Osakazaimokucho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-8182
The price is ¥17,182 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 24
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (40 reviews)
"Great spot and so comfortable! Every need is thought out!"

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2021

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